0000 Overhead Doors vs Pole Barn Sliding Doors: What's Best For You?
Overhead Doors vs Pole Barn Sliding Doors: What
Angie Dobson

By: Angie Dobson on May 2nd, 2017

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Overhead Doors vs Pole Barn Sliding Doors: What's Best For You?


Once you’ve chosen the building site, it’s time to focus on the building floor plan. Considering your door type, size and placement first will greatly affect how well your building works for you. For some, it can be a tough decision to choose from overhead doors or sliding doors. But, it doesn't need to be. It all depends on what works best for YOU.

Some of our customer prefer overhead doors over sliding doors but others want to save some money and decide to do all sliding doors. There's no right or wrong answer. However, as your trusted builder, we want to make sure you know all of the facts before making your decision.

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Overhead doors edge out sliding doors when it comes to:

  • Insulation value
  • Weather resistance and seal
  • Performance under snowy, icy conditions
  • Capability of remote control access
  • Security

Sliding doors edge out overhead doors by:

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In general, the best sides for doors are, in order: south, east, west and north. North doors are cold in the winter since the sun doesn’t shine there, and the south and west sides tend to get the most wind. It is perhaps more important to place a door so that you take full advantage of the length of your building.


We recommend at least 16’ interior clearance height for your building. Combines can be over 15’ tall, but plan on them getting even taller in the future. A taller building will leave room for your operation and equipment to grow.

Your builder’s sales consultant should take the time to learn about your operation and intended building use. He can then make specific recommendations about building door sizing. Here are some basic principles to get you started:

  • If you have a semi, make sure your building is big enough to dolly down the semi trailer from the cab
  • If you include a shop, put the door on the side you can easily utilize the full width 

Make sure the overall building is large enough. Keep in mind that a tractor with a field cultivator can be 50-60’ long. Being able to park it in your building without unhitching is a timesaving convenience.

Make sure you get the building you expect by considering these options. It will set you up for a great building experience opposed to regrets after the fact. Go to our FBi Planner tool to begin designing your next building project.



OR, design your pole barn online if you're ready to lay out your plans.

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Have more questions about building costs not covered in this article? If you need help designing and planning, please contact FBi Buildings at 1.800.552.2981 or click here to email us. If you are ready to get a price, click here to request a quote and a member of our sales team will call you!

About Angie Dobson

Angie graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Prior to joining the FBi team, Angie was a kitchen and bath sales consultant in Lafayette, IN. In 2012, she started with FBi as the Inside Sales/Marketing Assistant. Today she holds the role as Marketing Project Manager. Angie grew up in a farming community and has always enjoyed helping her family on the farm. A past 10 year 4-H Member, her passion for livestock pursued her to take a career in the agriculture field. Her and her husband live in Northwest Indiana with their two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor leisure activities and spending time with friends and family.